dissipation : (in thermodynamics) degradation of free energy into heat, either directly or through any chain of physicochemical processes this energy has contributed to sustain.
Distant Early Warning (acronym DEW), used here as a metaphor: warning that a current dogma is about to be overthrown by the revelation of what true health promotion could and should be.
economic power : capitalistic expression of IPD.
epigenetics : a branch of molecular biology dealing with complex chains of physiological processes which constantly regulate the degree of activation of each and every DNA element within every cell, without modifying the unique sequence of nucleotides characterizing a gene (hence the prefix epi). The activity of such processes – essentially dependent on the organism’s social, affective and physical environments via its internal ones (interstitial, cytoplasmic, epi-genomic) – is particularly intense during the primal period of life .
gene : here, any one of the DNA elements that is related to the production of many different proteins. An impressive, finely modulated array of epigenetic processes can indeed operate many different transcriptions of its unique genetic-code message (and therefore many different translations into proteins). All together, our 22'000 (or so) genes (that we call here our genome) make up only about 2% of our DNA (therefore 98% of our DNA is in fact part of our epi-genomic environment).
health promotion : a public-health domain that is poorly defined – at least according to the current definition of public health as «the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life as well as promoting health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations (public and private), communities and individuals». More focused definitions of health promotion appear to have evolved in the course of public-health history. Today, this worn-out expression seems to have boiled down to: «the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health». Unfortunately, all efforts to help adult people regain health by changing their lifestyle have proved practically useless, as Leonard Syme already clearly demonstrated in 2005 
hormonal euphoria : sporadic states of elation in pregnant women under the effect of their own oxytocin and beta-endorphins production. Spontaneous peak production of these hormones during unprovoked labor triggers primal maternal instinct and helps parturient women transcend pain and reach a state of modified consciousness which propels them “on another planet”.
huge immortal persons : according to Noam Chomsky , transcontinental corporations (as opposed to persons of flesh and blood).
humoral-tactile-affective environment : here, humoral refers to the psycho-neuro-immunological complex of the subject as influenced by its environment, tactile to the subject’s sensorium as influenced by its environment, affective to all manifestations of attention to the subject’s existence – and of response to its own manifestations – by persons of its environment. In vernacular societies  – and in industrial ones as well – carrying a baby in close contact with one’s skin for six months after birth is a significant part of a good humoral-tactile-affective environment .
individual power dissipation (IPD) : rate of free energy dissipation by any living entity.
individuation : lifelong process of personality maturation (see also ).
persons of flesh and blood : human persons.
primal period : in French, période primale. Period of human life (approximately twenty-one months) between conception and first birthday, as defined by the Primal Health Research Centre, London. See also the multiplicity of references relating to keyword primal period under: database keyword search - birthworks. The embryon/foetus/newborn will enjoy an optimal humoral-tactile-affective environment whenever its parents will have arranged for themselves a stressless life during its primal period.
primal prevention : any arrangement future parents can make to protect themselves from chronic stress during their offspring’s primal period of life, thereby preventing the biological impacts their own stress would have on the child’s development during this critical period.
primal therapy : cathartic therapy based on revivals of unfavorable physical and affective experiences the subject had undergone during his primal period of life. It aims at 'removing' – or at the very least couteracting – the epigenetic imprints of such experiences.
psychosocial disease : the whole galaxy of the pathological consequences of our being chronically exposed to psycho-social risk factors . It is potentially pandemic in advanced societies .
scholè : Greek word for leisure. State of being free from the need to labor, which allows one to have enough time available for receptive understanding with respect to personal experience. It is during this precious time – as opposed, for example, to time squandered consuming mass entertainment – that one’s individuation process can take place
social epidemiology : here, discipline whose object is to observe the distribution of various indices of ill health in communities, and to look for social determinants of this distribution.
'societal stress' : chronic – therefore toxic – stress endured by everyone in advanced societies, whose populations are characterized, among other things, by large mean-income differences between their upper and lower quintiles [02; 04].
Takers : in Daniel Quinn’s celebrated book Ishmael  and its sequel, My Ishmael , Takers are those humans who, some ten thousand years ago, started appropriating common environmental resources, including part of other humans’ individual power dissipation (IPD). Since then, by luring everybody, including themselves, into devoting their time budget more and more exclusively to work and entertainment – and therefore less and less to scholè – they’ve come to threaten everybody’s survival. Their interest ideology (according to which everyone should be free to appropriate part of others’ IPD) contrasts with Leavers’ right ideology (according to which every human should rightly enjoy all of his IPD).
the power game : a game whose rules, favoring winners, are imposed on the world – with vastly underrated collateral damage  – by persons addicted to it. Besides its nationwide pathogen effects , its worldwide deadliness marks humand history when a small crowd of opportunistic winners and appointed realpoliticians has allowed one of them (who, by the way, must've had an extremely unfavorable primal life ) to become a dictator .
third-type kin caregiver : a relative, a friend or anyone else who’s actually helping parents-to-be to implement primal prevention. Note that this informal caregiving [ http://publichealthnewparadigms.wikia.com/wiki/THIRD-TYPE_KIN_CAREGIVERS_%3F ] is less demanding than the more conventional kin-caregiving we owe our chronically ill or very old relatives, often for many years “till death do us part” .